There are at least five opportunities in the next few weeks to earn credits toward maintaining your private pesticide applicators license in Indiana. The program works by requiring producers to attend programs that grant a certain number of hours of credit during a specified time. As long as you attend enough hours of programs, you qualify for the credits.
While the credits may be the stick, the material offered at the programs should be a credit. Most include the latest on weed control recommendations for next year, or on a topic related to handling pesticides safely. Fred Whitford, director of Purdue Pesticide Programs, spent time at many of last year's programs talking about gauging the useful life left in plastic storage tanks, as a safety precaution to having one full of product break open.
He uses a baseball bat to demonstrate that a tank is OK, with the owner's permission! If a tank is badly deteriorated and cracked, one or more cracks of the bat may knock a huge hole in the tank and cause it to fail. There are ways to look for these cracks without getting out the baseball bat, but they are far less dramatic.
He also talked about the need to use tanks properly last year. Certain tanks are built for storing liquids, some are built heavier for storing fertilizer. Those meant to be mobile and travel on semi beds are usually oblong in shape, with stronger end panels to absorb the jostling that occurs in road transport. Using regular round storage tanks meant for strong liquids in stationary positions repeatedly in road travel situations could eventually result in a tank failure.
Here are the programs scheduled so far. Contact the Extension ag educator listed to determine exactly what the program topics will be. The first is Monday, Nov 29, at the SEPAC ag Center near Butlerville. Beginning time is 6:30 p.m. EST. Contact Dave Osborne at 812-689-6511.
There is also a second program on Nov 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Randolph County Fairgrounds in Winchester. The educator with the details is Daniel Kirtley. Find Daniel at 765-584-2271.
Next, there's a PARP meeting you could catch at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Dearborn Adult Center in Aurora. You will want to contact Michael Hornback at 812-926-1189 for details.
John Orick is host and educator in Madison County for the meeting on Dec 8 at 9 a.m.. It will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Alexandria. Reach Orick by calling 765-641-9514.
Finally, a meeting is scheduled at Heartland Hall in Delaware County in Muncie at the Fairgrounds. It's slated for Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Learn more from Daisy Fryman, at 765-747-7732.